easyJet launches first flights to and from Keflavik and London Gatwick and Geneva
Flights mark the airline’s seventh route to and from the Icelandic Capital with Belfast set to join the line
up in December
easyJet, the UK and London Gatwick’s largest airline has today inaugurated two new routes from Keflavik to London Gatwick and Geneva. The Gatwick service will be operated three times weekly, with Geneva flights taking place twice a week - both routes will operate year round.
Flights EZS 1521 and EZY 8507 arrived on time this evening carrying 154 passengers from Geneva and 178 from Gatwick, the latter Captained by Icelandic national, David Asgeirsson who was later joined by British Ambassador to Iceland, Stuart Gill to attend a short reception and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new routes linking the three capitals bring the number of routes easyJet offer to and from Keflavik to seven, with an eighth set to operate to and from Belfast in December. From then, the airline will operate 26 times a week and carry in excess of 200,000 passengers per year to and from Kefla. Tourism in Iceland has increased by 40% over the last two years, helped by the introduction of affordable flights.
EasyJet expects to carry 75,000 passengers between the two capital cities in the 12 rolling months of operation, participating to the Icelandic economy.
Ali Gayward, Head of Iceland for easyJet, commented: “We are delighted to launch the first flights between Reykjavik-London Gatwick and Geneva today. Expanding our operations between these capital’s shows our commitment to make travel easy and affordable for business and leisure travellers in Iceland.”
“There is a growing demand for short and long breaks in Iceland, but also a need to connect the capital’s business centres for business passengers. Making it convenient and affordable to reach both sides of the route will provide value for British and Icelandic consumers.”
Captain David Asgeirsson, commented: "With our new routes, easyJet has made it easy to do business between Iceland, London and Geneva. The new services will appeal to leisure travellers too, opening up greater access to Iceland's stunning scenery, views of the northern lights, volcanoes, and the vibrant Reykjavík nightlife. Icelandic travellers will especially benefit from an even greater choice of destinations for their city or ski vacations at affordable prices. I am very proud that I am able to operate the first flight from London Gatwick to Keflavik. easyJet is helping to support and strengthen the economy in Iceland and it's great to play a part in that."